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Meet the team behind the success

We’re a friendly bunch and all have different areas of expertise, so feel free to contact the team directly with any questions or queries you may have. Below you will find the key members of our team.

Gareth Smyth, CEO

Craig Graham, Group Operations Director

Natalie Murphy, Group Finance Director

Gareth Smyth, CEO

Gareth is one of the founding Directors and owners of the business. Having worked in the Business Sales arena since 2006, he has a wealth of experience in helping buyers and sellers of businesses. Gareth qualified in 2011 with a Law Degree and has completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program as well as the Certificate in Business Administration at Salford University. Gareth is responsible for performance and strategic growth. 

Away from work, Gareth enjoys cooking and keep fit, is a proud Bolton Wanderers supporter and loves gadgets and technology. 

Craig Graham, Group Operations Director

Craig is one of the founding Directors and owners of the business. Having worked in management, and studying Law at University, Craig joined forces with Gareth keen to offer something new in Business Sales. Craig utilised his passion for customer service and process improvements to ensure an efficient and cost-effective business structure. 

Away from work, Craig enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Craig is also a keen Rugby Fan and armchair Football supporter and is actively involved with various charitable causes including being Chairman of Primary School Trust. 

Natalie Murphy, Group Finance Director

Natalie first started her career in Accounting upon gaining an apprenticeship studying AAT Level 2 back in 2012. Since then and upon joining Hilton Smythe in July 2014, she has worked in a varied accounting role, starting as an Accounts Assistant and working upwards to Head of Finance and now Group Finance Director.

Natalie is now a fully qualified accountant after having juggled studying on the job.

Away from work, Natalie is a keen baker, enjoys gin tasting and is kept busy by her young son.

Aaron Roberts, Sales Director

Danny Tasker, Marketing Director

Tony Owen, Head of Brand Design & PR

Aaron Roberts, Sales Director

With over 12 years’ experience in the industry Aaron has been with Hilton Smythe since the very beginning. He started by talking to customers about selling their business and worked his way up the ladder to be our Sales Director.  Aaron has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the business and always there whenever someone needs him. He is now responsible for ensuring that our team keep businesses selling, delivering results for our clients.

Away from work, Aaron is a family man with two Children, and he enjoys relaxing with his family.

Danny Tasker, Marketing Director

Danny joined the team in 2021

With over 14 years’ experience in Marketing, Danny is looking forward to helping Hilton Smythe grow and take the marketing of the group, and that of its customers to be the best in the industry. Danny has worked in marketing since completing his degree in Leeds, working for a global brand and more recently Yorkshire’s leading estate agent.

Away from work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and is kept busy by his two-year-old daughter. He is also a keen sportsman, enjoying playing golf and football and watching sport whenever his daughter allows!

Tony Owen, Head of Brand Design & PR

Tony joined the team in 2016

Tony is an integral part of our marketing team and responsible for our branding and design elements including al printed and electronic marketing. Tony recently oversaw the re-branding and integration of our new designs and website. Tony has over 30 years experience in his field as both a designer and Director.

Away from work Tony enjoys travelling and food (although not cooking it).

Giorgio Grande, SEO Content Writer

Paul Williams, Head of Financial Service

Simon Danvers, Corporate Director

Giorgio Grande, SEO Content Writer

Giorgio joined the team in 2020

Giorgio is a key part of our marketing team and takes responsibility for content and SEO. Giorgio is passionate about his work ensuring that our content is interesting and at the forefront of SEO. In addition to producing content, Giorgio advises our team on the right tone and language to use in written communications, to be in-keeping with our brand.

Away from work Giorgio is fanatical about cooking and baking. When not cooking and baking Giorgio enjoys walks in the country and reading.

Paul Williams, Head of Financial Service

Paul joined the team in 2016

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has previously worked with banks including NatWest and Yorkshire Bank, where he specialised in business banking.

Paul is responsible for assessing clients’ needs and obtaining commercial finance on their behalf, on a fully independent basis from a wide panel of lenders, matching those needs to the most appropriate lender. He will support the client until the completion of the deal.

Simon Danvers, Corporate Director

Simon joined the team in 2021

As a Corporate Director, Simon works closely with our Corporate Clients at the early stage of their instruction to us to ensure they have an effective marketing strategy and have the correct marketing price. Simon has over 20 years experience in business sales, mergers and acquisitions, with most of his time spent valuing and advising businesses.

Away form work Simon enjoys kick boxing along with keeping fit.  

Emma Flood, Corporate Account Manager

Jacob Lord, Corporate Deal Executive

Ian Flood, Corporate Desk Researcher

Emma Flood, Corporate Account Manager

Emma joined the team in 2019

As a Corporate Account Manager, Emma liaises with our Corporate clients at the early stages of their instructions to us and works closely with the Corporate team and our clients coordinating meetings. Emma has over 15 years experience in business sales.

Away from work Emma heads up a successful paranormal investigation group and is and animal fanatic. Emma loves spending time with her two beloved cats, George and Michael.

Jacob Lord, Corporate Deal Executive

Jacob joined the team in 2021

As a Corporate Deal Executive, Jacob is responsible for looking after a portfolio of Corporate businesses ensuring that our Corporate clients are kept informed and ensuring that the very best result is brokered from deals. Jacob has around 5 years experience in the role and business sales.

away from work Jacob is fanatical about anything tech based, he loves movies, gaming, gadgets and E-sports. Jacob has a passion for cooking and can often be found playing squash.

Ian Flood, Corporate Desk Researcher

Ian joined the team in 2021

As a Corporate Desk Researcher, Ian matches our Corporate businesses to potential purchasers working to connect the perfect business with the right purchaser. Ian has worked in the role for the previous 5 years and thoroughly enjoys it.

Away from work Ian is a huge supporter of Bolton Wanderers and holds a season ticket and enjoys cooking, sampling craft ales and attending music concerts.

Belinda Daniels, Services Manager

Kai Pollitt-Parry, Business Support Assistant

Joshil Hirani, Business Support Assistant

Belinda Daniels, Services Manager

Belinda joined the team in 2017, after having spent 35 years working for luxury brands in retail management.

Belinda’s role is a pivotal one across the business ensuring that our team are meeting the service standard our clients would expect. She deals with all aspects of customer service and prides herself on keeping clients happy.

Belinda recently lead the business to win a gold customer service award from Feefo.

Away from work, Belinda enjoys walking, interior design and is a keen gardener.

Kai Pollitt-Parry, Business Support Assistant

Kai joined the team in 2017.

Kai joined as an apprentice an completed his apprenticeship in October 2018, gaining an NVQ Level 4 in Real Estate and Property Management. 

Kai’s role involved processing new instructions ensuring compliance standards are met and also takes charge of maintaining our client matching system, to match purchasers and business.

Away from work, Kai enjoys anything technical. He is a keen gamer and when not online, he enjoy working out and keep fit.

Joshil Hirani, Business Support Assistant

Joshil joined the team in 2017.

Joshil joined Hilton Smythe as an apprentice. Joshil completed his  NVQ Level 4 in Property and Real estate management.

Joshil provides administrative support to the team and is at the centre of all aspects of the business.

Away from work Joshil is a gaming pro and something of a FIFA legend

Declan Bottomley, Accounts Assistant

Jake Herriot, Valuations Co-ordinator

John Scroggins, Valuer

Declan Bottomley, Accounts Assistant

Declan joined the team in 2013

Having joined as an apprentice, Declan successfully completed an NVQ Level 4 in Real Estate and Property Management. 

Declan works in our accounts team assisting the Group Finance Director with a variety of tasks, covering credit control and invoicing, to contractual matters and managing suppliers.

Away from work Declan is a keen baker and singer.

Jake Herriot, Valuations Co-ordinator

Jake joined the team in 2013

After completing his apprenticeship in 2015 with an NVQ Level 4, Jake found a real liking in the New Business team and has remained in the department. 

Jake works closely with the team of Valuers assisting clients in the very early stages of the business sales process.

Away from work Jake enjoys spending time with his family.

John Scroggins, Valuer

John joined the team in 2014.

As a Valuer, John is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

John has more than 20 years experience in business sales, and has worked in a variety of roles in his career gaining valuable experience. John has a qualification in estate management and a HND in Business.

When he is not at work, John love socialising and cooking.

Kimberley Warburton, Valuer

Samantha Nugent, Valuer

Neil Young, Valuer

Kimberley Warburton, Valuer

Kimberley joined the team in 2012

As a Valuer, Kimberley is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

Kimberley has worked in Business Sales since 2009 and undertaken a variety of roles which has broadened her experience.

When she is not busy working, Kimberley enjoys spending quality time with her partner and two young daughters.

Samantha Nugent, Valuer

Sam joined the team in 2015

As a Valuer, Samantha is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

Sam has worked in business transfer since 2009, undertaking various roles, gaining valuable experience in a variety of roles.

Away from work, Sam enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and is a keen foodie. She is a real dog fanatic and spends lots of time walking her dog with her partner.  

Neil Young, Valuer

Neil joined the team in 2017.

As a Valuer, Neil is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

Neil has circa 20 years experience in property sales and valuing.

Prior to his role as Hilton Smythe, he worked for an online estate agents for a few years, along with working for a large corporate estate agency, one of the very first online estate agents, and at an independent level as well managing two offices for a local company. His aim has always been the same from day one, putting the client first, without clients you have no business, and taking pride knowing that he has offered first class advice and delivered an outstanding level of customer/client satisfaction in the service that he provides.

Away from work, Neil enjoys socialising and spending time with his wife and children.

Andrew Rowell, Valuer

Karen Currie, Senior Sales Progressor

Katie Holt, Senior Sales Progressor

Andrew Rowell, Valuer

Andy joined the team in 2014.

As a Valuer, Andy is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

After ten years with a large corporate estate agency as an independent mortgage broker he followed this up with another corporate agent as a Financial Services Sales Manager. Andy has also worked for a High Street Bank as a Financial Planner and is a qualified Financial Adviser, Mortgage Broker and Debt Counsellor. His aim in his current role, is to provide accurate valuations and the highest possible standards of customer care and service.

Away from work Andy enjoys keeping fit and can often be found in the gym. Additionally Andy is a family man and enjoys spending time with his extended family.

Karen Currie, Senior Sales Progressor

Karen joined the team in 2019.

As a Senior Sales Progressor, Karen oversees the smooth transition of businesses from seller to buyer, liaising with various different professionals to ensure that the process is hassle free and works to our clients mutual expectations.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Karen spent several years working in property sales and estate agency and has accumulated 15 years experience in the sector.

Away from work Karen enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys walking.

Katie Holt, Senior Sales Progressor

Katie joined the team in 2014.

As a Senior Sales Progressor, Katie oversees the smooth transition of businesses from seller to buyer, liaising with various different professionals to ensure that the process is hassle free and works to our clients mutual expectations.

Prior to joining the team, Katie worked in hospitality

Away from work Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Cheryl Hunt, Sales Manager

Aidan Murphy, Sales Manager

Matthew Monks, Sales Negotiator

Cheryl Hunt, Sales Manager

Cheryl joined the team in 2015

Cheryl heads up our Sales team ensuring the right training and coaching is given to the team and helps everybody achieve their goals. In addition to her role as Sales Manager, Cheryl also has a portfolio of businesses she manages on behalf of her clients. Cheryl has around 10 years experience in estate agency and is passionate about getting deals done for her clients.

Away from work Cheryl enjoys spending relaxing time with her young family and is keen on arts and crafts.

Aidan Murphy, Sales Manager

Aidan joined the team in 2012

Aidan joined Hilton Smythe as a graduate. Aidan heads up our Sales team ensuring the right training and coaching is given to the team and helps everybody achieve their goals. In addition to his role as Sales Manager, Aidan also has a portfolio of businesses he manages on behalf of his clients. Aidan has 10 years experience in business sales and is passionate about getting deals done for his clients.

Away from work Aidan enjoys cycling, hiking and being outdoors, as well as spending time socialising.

Matthew Monks, Sales Negotiator

Matthew joined the team in 2014.

As a Sales Negotiator Matthew looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Matthew had worked in various account manager and customer service roles.

Away from work Matthew is a family man and kept busy with his young son. Matthew is a keen football fan and season ticket holder.

Rebecca Oliver, Sales Negotiator

Alice Currie, Sales Negotiator

Rob Walker, Sales Negotiator

Rebecca Oliver, Sales Negotiator

Rebecca joined the team in 2015.

As a Sales Negotiator, Rebecca looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date. Prior to her role here, Rebecca worked in high end hospitality.

Away from work Rebecca enjoys property development with her partner and spends lots of time with her young family.

Alice Currie, Sales Negotiator

Alice joined the team in 2019.

As a Sales Negotiator Alice looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Alice spent a number of years working in residential property sales.

Away from work Alice enjoys spending time with her young family and socialising with friends.

Rob Walker, Sales Negotiator

Rob joined the team in 2019.

As a Sales Negotiator Rob looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Rob has worked in property sales since 2014 in both business transfer and residential property sales.

When not in work, Rob can often be found at his second home in the lakes and he is a avid football fan, with a season ticket for Bolton Wanderers.

Tommy Sweeney, Sales Negotiator

Toby, Head of Morale

Tommy Sweeney, Sales Negotiator

Tommy Joined the team in 2019

As a Sales Negotiator, Tommy looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date. Prior roles for Tommy have included retail and hospitality, customer service based roles.

Away from work Tommy is a keen cocktail maker, a gym fanatic and is proud of his Irish roots.

Toby, Head of Morale

Toby joined the team in 2021

Toby is our Head of Morale and ensures that all of the team are in high spirits. He spends his time in the office looking for the occasional tummy rub and stroke.

Away from the office Toby enjoys long walks, eating lots of food and treats and is not fond of the rain!